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Week 3 of the NCAA Football season had the match up of the two SEC powerhouse teams, Alabama vs. Texas A&M, which made for a old fashioned offensive dual that had Alabama coming out on top with a 49-42 win against Johnny Manziel and the Aggies of Texas A&M.
Also in week 3, Ole Miss, UCLA, Arizona State, and Oregon all had big wins against great opponents.
Here are some great games to watch for this week in the 4th week of the NCAA football season.
#3 Clemson Tigers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack
The Clemson Tigers are coming into this game with a 2-0 record, which includes a big win over the SEC powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs, and are looking to improve their record to 3-0 with a win over N.C. State this Thursday.
Senior QB Tajh Boyd has the Clemson offense running very well, so far in the season and has 3 rushing touchdowns, as well as throwing for 3 passing touchdowns in just 2 games.
The Wolfpack come into this game with a 2-0 record as well, which included a solid 41-14 win over Louisiana Tech in week 1. Led by Junior QB Pete Thomas and the dual running back combination of Matt Dayes and Tony Creecy, The Wolfpack offense will need to be on their ‘A’ game if they want to make a mark against Clemson.
If Clemson wants to be successful this week they will need Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins to connect for some big plays downfield to try and put the Wolfpack defense in a cahoots.
Game Details: Kickoff on Thursday, September 19th at 7:30 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina
Tennessee Volunteers vs. #19 Florida Gators
Last week the Tennessee Volunteers were handed a Pac-12 beating at the hands of the Oregon Ducks and are looking to avenge that loss this week in their meeting against SEC rivals, Florida.
The Gators had a bye week last weekend, which gave them some much needed preparation and time to re-work their game plan after a week 2 loss at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes.
Tennessee QB Justin Worley and the rest of the offense will need to have a great game against the Gators, by trying to get the ball into RB Raijon Neal’s hands for some positive plays.
The Florida Gators will need to rely on QB Jeff Driskel, who has had quite a slow start to the 2013 season, to deliver a big game and prove to the masses that Florida is still a force to be recon with in the SEC. Florida will need its highly ranked defense to come up big in Saturday’s game or else Tennessee could come out on top in this one.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 3:30 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
Michigan State Spartans vs. #22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Michigan State is coming into the game with a 3-0 record, which included a week 3, 55-17 thumping of Youngstown State. The Michigan State running game led by RB’s Nick Hill and Jeremy Langford have combined for nearly 400 yards of rushing offence and 5 touchdowns in only 3 games.
Notre Dame is coming into this game with a 2-1 record, which included a close win over Purdue last weekend in Purdue. The Fighting Irish will be led by senior QB Tommy Rees who has thrown for 7 touchdown passes thus far in the 2013 season and improved Notre Dame’s passing offense to #16 in the entire FBS. If the Fighting Irish want to be successful in the game, they have to rely on Tommy Rees to deliver a solid game and try to connect with WR’s DaVaris Daniels and TJ Jones on some big plays to help push them past the Spartans.
If Michigan State wants to see any success in this game, they must rely on their highly ranked defense to come up big against the Fighting Irish, as well as having a terrific performance from their running backs.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 3:30pm at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana
#23 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. #5 Stanford Cardinal
Arizona State is coming into this game with a 2-0 record, which included a crazy, last second win over Wisconsin last weekend at home in Tempe. Junior QB Taylor Kelly, who has thrown for nearly 700 yards and 5 touchdowns in only 2 games this season, leads the Sun Devils. Arizona State RB Marion Grice has rushed for 5 touchdowns this season and is someone to look out for this week.
Stanford is coming into this game with a 2-0 record, which included a 34-20 win last weekend against Army. Led by Sophomore QB Kevin Hogan, who has thrown 5 touchdown passes in two games, the Cardinal are looking for a big game from him and WR Ty Montgomery this week in their dual against PAC-12 rivals, Arizona State.
The key to victory for the Sun Devils will be to come up big on offense and try to put pressure on the highly ranked Stanford defense, by pushing the pace and trying to control the tempo of the game or else they might fall to the mighty Cardinal.
Game Details: Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 7:00pm at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.
Here are a handful of other great games to look out for in Week 4 of the 2013 NCAA Football Season:
Boise State Broncos vs. Fresno State Bulldogs – Kick off on Friday, September 20th at 9:00pm
Marshal Thundering Herd vs. Virginia Tech Hokies – Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 12:00pm
Idaho State Bengals vs. #17 Washington Huskies – Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 3:00pm
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Maryland Terrapins – Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 3:30pm
Auburn Tigers vs. #6 LSU Tigers – Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 7:45pm
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns – Kickoff on Saturday, September 21st at 8:00pm
Author: Matthew Kassabian